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Elizabeth Is Missing
Elizabeth Is Missing
Author: Emma Healey
In this darkly riveting debut novel?a sophisticated psychological mystery that is also an heartbreakingly honest meditation on memory, identity, and aging?an elderly woman descending into dementia embarks on a desperate quest to find the best friend she believes has disappeared, and her search for the truth will go back decades and have shatteri...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780062309662
ISBN-10: 0062309668
Publication Date: 6/10/2014
Pages: 320
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Harper
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback, Audio CD
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In some ways, despite competent writing, this book plodded along for far too long. Maud, the main character, goes through countless reiterations, variations and explanations of "Elizabeth is missing". But the plodding repetition also makes up the main emotional impact of the story: it's a constant reminder of how Maud is utterly trapped by her failing mind and faulty memory. She travels an endless, frustrating and frightening cycle of remembering, misremembering, and forgetting both her past and her present.

There was a mystery component of the plot as well, and it was resolved, somewhat predictably, by book's end, but it's Maud and the haunting portrayal of her diminished life that will stay with me for quite a while.

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